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Clogged Rain Gutters Can Lead to Water Damage in Exton, PA Homes

ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning and Restoration provides some rain gutter cleaning advice for Exton residents.

Leaves are changing colors, and you may have also noticed that falling leaves are everywhere. They’re piling up in your yard, driveway, and even in your rain gutters. Clogged rain gutters may seem like an annoyance now, but they can lead to worse problems like flooded basements mere months down the road. ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning and Restoration offers the following tips to keep your gutters clean and avoid water damage in your Exton, PA homes.

A flooded basement is an interior problem that often originates with the exterior of the home. Cracks in the foundation provide easy access for rainwater and melting snow to enter the house. A critical first step to avoiding water damage is to ensure that your rain gutters are properly maintained. They should give water a clean pathway to travel away from the house. Leaves, twigs, and other types of debris stop water from moving freely. You can also monitor your gutters throughout the winter and spring as an added precaution.

Ideally, water from rain or melting snow should drain at least three feet from the foundation of your home to prevent flooded basements and other water damage. If this is not possible with your current gutter system, consider installing extenders to divert water away from your home.

Even though it’s not quite winter yet, ice dams will soon be a concern for your rain gutters as well. Ice dams occur when warmer temperatures after a snowfall cause snow on your roof to melt and flow into the gutters. The meltwater refreezes into a blockage, preventing any new water from flowing freely. It’s best to make sure that your gutters are in good condition now while the weather is warm and before the snow begins to fall.

If cluttered rain gutters are causing water damage problems at your home this fall, please give us a call. The friendly staff at ServiceMaster Professional Cleaning and Restoration provides water damage restoration to homeowners in Exton, PA and the surrounding communities when flooded basements, leaking roofs, or broken pipes create water damage in your home.